Cuban blasts NFL for scheduling Cowboys game at same time as Mavericks
09:28 PM CST on Tuesday, January 5, 2010
By EDDIE SEFKO / The Dallas Morning News
Mark Cuban is upset with the NFL and its television partners Ė for scheduling Saturday's Cowboys playoff game in direct competition with the Mavericks' home game against Utah.
The Cowboys will play Philadelphia at 7 p.m. in Arlington. The Mavericks play the Jazz at 7:30 p.m.
"I know we're [small potatoes] compared to the NFL, but seriously, the NFL is turning into the ugly American when it comes to sports leagues," Cuban said before Tuesday's game against Detroit.
"They don't [care] about anybody but themselves. There's not much I can do, obviously, in terms of the schedule."
The Mavericks play Friday night at San Antonio, which eliminates the possibility of moving Saturday's game up earlier in the day.
Cuban made it clear that he has no beef with the Cowboys or owner Jerry Jones.
"It's not a Jerry Jones issue Ė Jerry's great," Cuban said. "But at some point in time, that will catch up to [the NFL] and hurt them in a big way."
Cuban said the NFL has never shown any interest in developing a scheduling cooperative with the NFL or the NHL and perhaps having designated days for each league to avoid overlapping.
The Mavericks have sold out all but a couple of hundred tickets for the Utah game, meaning their sellout streak (334 games) will stay alive. But Cuban expects to have a large number of no-shows because of the Cowboys' game starting 30 minutes before the Mavericks' game.
Things like this, he said, infuriate owners in other leagues.
"The owners in the NBA aren't the only ones taking notes," Cuban said. "There's a balance between all the leagues, and it's going to bite them in the end."
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DALLAS -- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is firing criticism at a league office again, but this time he has the NFL in his crosshairs.
Cuban is upset that the NFL scheduled the Dallas Cowboys' home playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles for Saturday night, which conflicts with the Mavericks' home game against the Utah Jazz.
"I know we're just little pissants compared to the NFL, but seriously, the NFL is turning into the ugly American when it comes to sports leagues," Cuban said. "They don't give a crap about anybody but themselves."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to respond to Cuban's comments.
The Mavericks' sellout streak of 334 consecutive games is not in jeopardy Saturday night because all the tickets have already been sold, Cuban said. However, he anticipates a high number of no-shows.
Cuban had nothing but praise for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, his partner in bringing the NBA All-Star Game to Cowboys Stadium in February. However, Cuban lashed out at the NFL, which he said could lose the political support of other professional sports leagues if it continues to be inconsiderate with its scheduling.
"There's a balance between all the leagues," Cuban said. "They deal with similar issues. They deal with issues with copyright, antitrust, [Federal Communications Commission], all kinds of things. And it's going to bite them in the ass one day."
Cuban concluded with a jab at the NFL.
"Maybe the other leagues, when it comes to supporting them, will pull a Jim Irsay and disappear in the middle of the night," Cuban said, referring to the Colts' move from Baltimore to Indianapolis that was actually orchestrated by Jim Irsay's father Bob in 1984.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban rips NFL for scheduling of Dallas Cowboys game - ESPN Dallas
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